Week in Review – 26 March 2017

This week has been so busy, my feet have barely touched the ground. I would really like to take a week and run away to somewhere with no internet connection so I can just read and start catching up on all my books. I have this inability to say no to books that sound good as my influx of ARC’s shows this week! Aargh!

I was also asked to be a beta reader on a new novel this week which has significantly slowed down my normal reading as I’ve very much got my head in the game with this novel. I’m also still having some trouble around meds and sleeping which is really causing my reading mojo some issues!

The very lovely Lorraine over at The Book Review Café had me as her featured blogger this week in her #TopFiveThursday feature! If you missed it the post can be found here, an absolutely huge thanks to Lorraine for having me, I’m so honoured to have been featured on such a wonderful and popular blog.

So onto this week’s book activity!

Currently Reading


What I’ve Read

New Books

Every week I say this is the week where my TBR won’t grow and every week I fail miserably! Well this week that was a fail of epic proportions!


The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

Book Post



Hot Shade - Tamara Lush         


I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Sleepless In Manhattan - Sarah Morgan norse-mythology When the floods came clare morrall

Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. The very popular Carol Wyer stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

 Darkstorm - M.L. Spencer the-authors-bookshelf-logo


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The Authors Bookshelf – Carol Wyer @carolewyer

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or a blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Carol Wyer, author many of us know through her women’s fiction, I have a signed copy of Grumpies on Board on my own bookshelf and I love it! More recently Carol has broken through into the thriller genre with an explosion which has seen her popularity soar and this is so well deserved.

So without a do here is Carol’s Bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Although I borrowed a lot of books from the library, Five On a Treasure Island, was the first book I ever owned and I bought it with pocket money I saved up. I loved that book and went on to own every one of the Famous Five and Secret Seven books.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Mr Grumpy my lovely husband bought me Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once but I haven’t yet read it. I’m saving it for a holiday.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Anne Holt 1222, a Scandinavian mystery murder that sadly, I found less gripping than I had hoped.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I had a terrible year last year, (seriously ill health and a family bereavement), so as a consequence, I didn’t get the chance to read at all. I read Robert Bryndza’s Girl in the Ice and thought it was superb, but wasn’t able to devour books as I usually do. This year will be different.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I am keen to get my hands on Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver, The Thirst by Jo Nesbo and Need You Dead by Peter James. Actually, there are so many books I want to read, I could spend all day reeling off my wishlist.


What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Little Girl Lost which came out January 19th

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
The latest, Little Girl Lost although I shall always have a soft spot for Life Swap because it has an incredible twist at the end of the book that no one guesses, and on launch day the hashtag #LifeSwap trended, with several celebrities including Dawn French, joining in the tweeting.


Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Pretty much all of them! Actually, I enjoyed Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Room by Emma Donoghue, both of which, I wished I had written. I love books that surprise you and make you sit back, shaking your head in wonder and thinking, ‘That was really good’.


Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Oh yes…Following the success of Little Girl Lost, I have the second in the series of DI Robyn Carter books due out May 19th and another September 14th. I can’t divulge titles until Bookouture releases them.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I’m going to cheat here. I don’t have a bookshelf because all our books are lined up in cupboards. I have a thing about keeping them clean, and once both Mr Grumpy and I have finished a book, you wouldn’t know it had been read, as we don’t break the spines or crease them. They all look brand new. I have instead, provided a photo of a book Mr Grumpy bought for me. I am immensely proud of it because Jeffrey Deaver has signed it.

Carol Wyer’s Bookshelf


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About Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer became a full-time writer in 2010 when she turned her attention from writing children’s educational books as a hobby, to the adult market.

Her first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has appeared on numerous BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television, and Sky television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. In 2015 she won the prestigious People’s Book Prize Award for Grumpy Old Menopause.

Carol has written articles for, and featured in several national women’s magazines, including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Author of ten humorous books –three non-fiction and seven fiction, Carol changed direction this year, and has written a series of psychological thrillers, and published by Bookouture, featuring DI Robyn Carter. The first, LITTLE GIRL LOST released in January 2017, had rave reviews and shows Carol has found her true niche.


The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Carol, it’s been a pleasure to have you!

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